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Central Michigan Chippewas take on Fighting Illini in NCAA Basketball Betting

Central Michigan takes to the basketball court against Illinois on Saturday, hoping to send the Fighting Illini to a loss while covering the college basketball betting point spread at State Farm Center.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Central Michigan Chippewas were listed as 10.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.

Central Michigan Chippewas vs Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Illinois Fighting Illini battles the Central Michigan Chippewas, currently sitting with a 8-2 mark (5-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 3-6 for the Illinois Fighting Illini and 5-2 for the Central Michigan Chippewas.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 111-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini and the No. 98-rated Central Michigan Chippewas in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois's No. 68-ranked scoring average of 79.6 PPG, against a Central Michigan Chippewas defense rated No. 218 and allowing 76.9 PPG. The Illinois Fighting Illini FG% has averaged 47.27% to date this season, more than the Central Michigan Chippewas shooters have managed so far (42.96% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Marcus Keene poured in a team-high 40 points for Central Michigan on Tuesday, as they defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay 107-97 at McGuirk Arena.

Malcolm Hill went off for 32 points and added 4 rebounds for good measure, leading Illinois to a 85-77 win over IUPUI on Tuesday at State Farm Center.

Betting Trends
  • Central Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Central Michigan is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Central Michigan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Central Michigan's last 13 games on the road
  • Illinois is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • Illinois is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Central Michigan at Montana State, Wednesday, December 21st
Illinois at BYU, Saturday, December 17th